Celebrate National Poetry Month
Published on Tuesday, April 9, 2013 - 10:49am
We've all written poems, whether we admit to it or not: the good, the bad, and the painfully bad.
I grew up reading (good) poetry and writing (painfully bad) poetry; if I could read anything silly by Shel Silverstein, I was happy. As I studied English in high school and college, I gained an appreciation for Edna St. Vincent Millay, Anne Sexton, Mary Oliver, and Louise Gluck, to name a few. (Go here to learn about these and more great poets.)
As I browsed our shelves this week, taking down books by unfamiliar poets, I let them fall open to a page and discovered new, beautiful poems. I bet you can do the same by browsing the 811s on the shelf at your local neighborhood library. Below is just a tiny handful of great poetry books you can check out from the DC Public Library collection:
- Every Thing On It by Shel Silverstein - a posthumous collection of his previously unpublished work.
- You & Yours by Naomi Shihab Nye
- Newspaper Blackout by Austin Kleon - think you could do better? Try making your own blackout poems at home!
- Children of Apartness by Elaine Upton
- Thrall by Natasha Trethewey - if you want to be in the know, try reading something by the current Poet Laureate of the United States.